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​Labor Management Guidelines

I. Laws and Regulations

Compliance with all federal and state labor laws is an essential component of GAP. Labor laws continue to change and it is important to stay up to date with all laws affecting farming operations. Some of the labor laws and regulations that must be adhered to include, but are not limited to:

  • Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Workers’ Compensation Requirements (by State)
  • Applicable immigration laws could include: The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), The Immigration and Reform Act of 1986 (IRCA), The Immigration Act of 1990, The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, and The Homeland Security Act of 2002.

II. Farm Labor Related Resources

III. Farm Safety and Labor Training

Provide on-going training and education in all elements of GAP to ensure that everyone involved in the tobacco production understands the importance of working in a safe manner. Discuss with farm workers the hazards and risks associated with agrochemicals, safe working practices, emergency response and health surveillance.